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Dear GMB Member,
 
GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Members Meeting Update

GMB Scotland have re-arranged member meetings next Monday 18th November 2019 at:

Cowdenhill Community Hall
Grangepans
Bo'ness
EH51 9PH

Meeting 1: 13:00 - 13:45 (Backshift)
Meeting 2: 14:10 -14:55 (Dayshift)

All members are welcome!

Members have again come to us as the company are now taking workers into individual 1-2-1s while the collective consultation is ongoing.
 
This undermines our ability to collectively bargain on your behalf.
 
They have once again jumped the gun and seems to be that their priority is getting this done as quickly as possible.
 
We will discuss our next move on Monday and our strong recommendation remains the same: do not sign the contract as it weakens our chances of improving the offer and protecting your earnings.


In solidarity,

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Important Member Meeting Update

The member meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 13 November, at Cowdenhill Community Centre has been postponed until next week I’m afraid. I am currently off work sick with a throat infection and unable to attend. The updated time and date will be communicated shortly.

GMB Scotland will also be meeting with the company upon my return to re-engage with the collective consultation. Please tell your colleagues that the meeting has been rearranged with the new time and date to follow

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Paid Break Update, Members Meeting Next Wednesday!

I have written to the company requesting that the offer letter they have sent you be withdrawn immediately and they recommence the collective consultation in good faith, I await their response.

Let me be clear, at this present time GMB Scotland does not support the offer the company are currently making as it has the potential to detrimentally affect you terms of employment and your future earnings potential.

The world is an unpredictable place right now, Brexit and Donald Trump being two clear examples where the experts got it wrong. We won’t take any chances with your pay and conditions given the volatile political climate and the General Election a few weeks away.

 We strongly urge you to ignore the letter the company have sent you and to tell your colleagues to do the same. GMB Scotland have submitted a counter-proposal that seeks to protect your earnings so that a big rise in the national living wage doesn’t completely wipe out any increase in the hourly rate of pay, the more people sign up to this current proposal the further it reduces our chance of improving the offer and protecting your earnings.

GMB Scotland have arranged member meetings next Wednesday 13 November 2019 at:

Cowdenhill Community Hall

Grangepans

Bo'ness

EH51 9PH

Meeting 1: 13:15-13:45 (Backshift/Nightshift)

Meeting 2: 14:15-14:45 (Dayshift/Nightshift)

All members are welcome!

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

PS. You are, under law, entitled to individual consultation meetings with the company to discuss any worries, concerns or questions you have about the offer. These individual consultation meetings will not take place until the collective consultation has ended. They are not disciplinary meetings and you are entitled to Trade Union representation at every meeting. Some members may require multiple meetings as this proposal may affect every individual in a unique way.

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Collective Consultation Update, Do Not Sign!

Today you have received a letter from your employer regarding the ongoing collective consultation. In this letter the company have asserted that GMB Scotland have not submitted a counter-proposal, this is factually incorrect.

On Monday 4 November GMB Scotland submitted a counter-proposal and the basis of it was to protect your earnings and to ensure that the difference between the new proposed rates and the National Living Wage would be protected for a period of no less than 12 months. There is the very real possibility that on December the 12th we will have a Labour Government and they have it as a manifesto pledge that the Minimum Wage will go up to £10 per hour.

It would reckless of us not to take this into account.

GMB Scotland’s position is that we are still engaged in the collective consultation period and the companies attempt to induce individuals to agree while the process is ongoing could leave them open to legal challenge. We will be seeking advice in relation to this if the company continue down this path.

We have approached the company for clarity and await a response.

GMB Scotland strongly recommend that no-one signs this contract while there is the very real possibility of a £10 per hour minimum wage in the immediate future.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

  1. The primary part of the counter proposal is detailed below:

Bakkavor Collective Consultation Counter Proposal

After engaging with many members throughout a series of visits our counter proposal;

  1. i)                    A major and recurring concern is that any gap between the NLW and the new proposed rates would be eroded by the proposed NLW increase in April 2020. Given that the business rationale behind the move to consolidate the value of the 2x20 minute breaks into the base rate is attracting new staff and retaining existing staff this must be a concern for Bakkavor too. With that in mind we propose that the projected differentials, detailed below, are protected for a period of no less than 12 months from the implementation date;

SO4 -            £0.77

SO3 -            £0.78

SO2 -            £0.92

SO1 -            £0.97

Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Representation is an important part of GMB Scotland Membership

 An important part of your GMB Scotland membership is the right to be represented at disciplinary meetings, absences meetings, grievance hearings and so on. The reason that this is important is that your GMB Scotland Shop Stewards are well trained in representing members at these meetings, they have a good understanding of employment law, the Equality Act, various Health and Safety legislation and Bakkavor Group Policy.

 The reason that I feel this needs to be said is that it has come to GMB Scotland’s attention that some members have been attending meetings with management on their own. You should never under any circumstances do this. Always take representation with you no matter what.

 If for any reason you are unable to get representation you are legally entitled to delay the meeting by up to 5 working days to allow you time to get representation and management have to oblige.

When you need representation at meetings contact:

GMB Scotland Bakkavor Branch Mobile – 07920 388108 or George.Westwater@gmbactivist.org.uk

Or

GMB Falkirk Office – 01324 670 676

 To be clear, no matter how trivial or serious the issue or how long or short the meeting, always take GMB representation with you. Don’t give management an open goal.

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S Update to follow soon on the current collective consultation around the paid breaks.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Terms & Conditions Update

Late yesterday (Tuesday 24 September) your employer asked your GMB representatives to enter into a consultation process over proposals to change your terms and conditions. We understand Bakkavor are briefing all staff on this today.

The headline of the proposal is to make your breaks unpaid and load the money taken from this into you basic hourly rate, which could take the hourly rate of the lowest grade to over £9.00 an hour.

GMB has requested access to our members as soon as possible in order that we can discuss with you the full extent of the employer’s proposals. As soon as a schedule has been arranged with your employer we will update you.

Please be assured that no position will be taken on this development until we have seen the full detail of the proposal and we have consulted with you directly.

To receive our communications please make sure your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date. You can check this by contacting your GMB workplace rep or online at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk or call 01324 670676 during office hours (Quote: “Bakkavor”).

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2019 Pay Ballot Result - Accepted

After the weeklong consultative ballot, the GMB Scotland members in Bakkavor have voted overwhelmingly to accept the companies enhanced, no-strings offer, 87% of the membership voting in favour of the deal.

This draws over two years of Industrial tension and dispute to an end and gives us a solid foundation to begin to build for the future. Be under no illusions though, there will be challenges in the future and these challenges can only be met by a growing GMB Scotland membership and a well organised workforce who understand that responsibility for improving pay and conditions at work rests with the GMB Scotland membership at large.

Having spent lots of time working with the Shop Stewards and speaking to the membership in Bakkavor it’s clear that there are many, many workers who are intelligent, skilled individuals that are more than capable of rising to this challenge.

The ballot results are as follows;

Total Votes - 231

Accepted - 200

Rejected - 30

Spoiled - 1

If you have any questions you can reach me on 07931 796733 or by email at david.hume@gmb.org.uk.

In Solidarity

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Scotland Member,
 
Just a quick reminder that on Saturday 24th of August the members who have not already attended the mass-meetings on Tuesday are entitled to attend mass-meetings tomorrow at the following times:
 
Dayshift - 13:00-13:45
 
Backshift - 14:15-15:00
 
The meetings will be held in the Carriden canteen and release has been negotiated and agreed between GMB Scotland and Bakkavor management.
 
In solidarity 
 
David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser 

Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Pay Ballot 2019

Your GMB Scotland representatives have been engaged in lengthy and difficult pay negotiations with Bakkavor over the past few months, but we are now in a position where we are able to recommend an offer to you.

This has not been an easy negotiation with the company, but your GMB representatives have been firm in rejecting attempts by Bakkavor to bundle changes to your terms and conditions into pay negotiations, including cuts your paid breaks.

As a union, we are very clear that your hard-won terms and conditions are not bargaining chips in pay negotiations. Through the strength of our union, we have fought off this overreach from the company, and can confirm that the pay offer comes with no strings attached.

The proposal is below, and amounts to a real terms pay rise for all Bakkavor employees.

                   31st March 2018 rate              Proposed Rate            % Uplift since March 2018 

S04                          £7.89                                   £8.33                                     5.6%

S03                          £8.15                                   £8.49                                     4.2%

S02                          £9.40                                  £10.00                                    3.1%

S01                         £10.24                                 £10.54                                    3.0%

As you can see, the offer that Bakkavor have made is one that reinstates the differentials between pay bands, lifts the hourly rate for S04 and S03 colleagues off of the statutory minimum wage that they’ve been receiving since April and outstrips the rising cost of living, which currently sits at 2.8% (RPI figure July 2019).

With this in mind, it is GMB’s position that this is the best offer achievable through negotiation and our recommendation that you vote to accept the offer.

In Solidarity

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Scotland Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Your belongings should be safe at work!

GMB Scotland submitted a petition with just under 200 signatures to HR last week demanding that the company take action to make the locker areas in Caledonian Produce more safe and secure.

Many members based in Deli-4 had come to us while we carried out the consultative pay ballot and because of that we drafted a petition and not long after the majority of the Deli-4 workforce had signed it. People told stories of purses, wallets and mobile phones being stolen. Many of these mobile phones may have family and holiday pictures that can’t be replaced.

Due to the rules on the factory floor no-one can take their phone or other valuables with them so it must be left in the lockers that Bakkavor provide and the locker area seems to one of the only area in the factory that has no CCTV coverage.

Workers employed by a company worth billions of pounds should not be worrying about whether their locker will be broken into next. The job you do is difficult enough without that extra stress and anxiety.

The company have indicated that they are exploring costs and options as to how to resolve this issue and although GMB Scotland welcomes this news we want it carried out as quickly as possible and for Bakkavor to live up to its responsibilities as one of the largest employers in Bo’ness.

In Solidarity

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Updated Company Pay Offer

As promised yesterday details of the updated 2019/20 pay offer are detailed in the table sent by the company below;

You will notice that this is a no-strings offer, the attempt to take away one of your paid breaks for a reduced value has been fought off by the GMB Scotland members who cast their vote and rejected the company's overreach.

From speaking with many members while assisting the Shop Stewards in carrying out the ballot a couple of weeks ago I know how aggrieved you all felt that the company where trying to bundle changes to T&C’s into another pay negotiation. There are proper legal processes that companies have to go through to discuss T&C’s, they failed to do this.

You voted it down, they backed down.

It is with this in mind that GMB Scotland’s official position is to recommend that this offer is accepted. There will be mass-meetings held in the factory very soon where members will have the opportunity to ask any questions and air any grievances and after that there will be a consultative ballot where this offer is voted on.

I firmly believe that this is the best offer we achieve at this time and we use the lessons learned to organise and build in preparation for any future consultation, pay negotiation or job evaluation, all of which will be coming soon.

The takeaway here is that the reduction in T&C’s has been halted and the pay offer has been increased across the board.

This has been achieved with less than half the workforce in the Union, take a moment to think about what could be achieved with a much higher membership.

In Solidarity

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

 

Dear GMB Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Moving Forward

The last few years have been a turbulent and challenging time for many of the loyal, long-standing workers who, through their diligence, professionalism and hard-work keep Caledonian Produce afloat and keep the shelves of Marks and Spencer’s well stocked with premium products.

There has been consecutive underwhelming pay offers and as a direct result of this, an ever present threat of Industrial Action. That threat was eventually realised and implemented, with each side firmly entrenched, the workforce recognised that they had little alternative but to walk-out. Hundreds of GMB Members held 5 days of strike action over a prolonged period of time in a courageous attempt to get the upper management to see sense and pay the workers a wage in line with the skilled and demanding work that you do.

From what I understand, this was the first time in the company’s entire history that a group of workers in any of Bakkavor’s 20 UK factories had taken any form of Industrial Action. This is an achievement in itself as from now on it is a reality that the workers in Bo’ness are not afraid to take action when needed and that the working class in Scotland is once again leading the way and setting the example for our colleagues down south.

That being said, as a Trade Union, GMB Scotland take our responsibilities to our members very seriously and if the current strategy or plan is not working then we must recognise this and alter our course accordingly. We want to put money in our member’s pockets not the opposite and although the Industrial Action did go some way towards rebalancing the relationship between management and the workforce, we still have much work to do in properly organising and engaging the workforce.

We can’t Strike our way out of this situation.

We need to regroup, re-evaluate and bring the work-force together so that we can be effective and win without asking a small, brave group of workers to sacrifice a week’s wages. In a workforce of over 1100 it shouldn’t be down to just under 400 GMB members to do all the heavy lifting.

This is every hourly paid worker’s responsibility as every hourly paid worker is directly affected by the outcome of each yearly negotiation. These are your wages, your terms of employment… this is your workplace!

The only way to positively influence the situation in work is by joining the organised working class, GMB Scotland, and making your voice heard.

With that in mind; due to the overwhelming rejection of the 2019/20 pay offer by GMB Scotland Members two weeks ago the company have made a revised official formal offer.

I will be communicating the full details of the offer and the GMB Scotland position on this tomorrow morning.

In Solidarity

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Offer Rejected!

With the company’s latest offer overwhelmingly rejected in almost identical fashion to the previous year’s offer it is blatantly obvious that it’s time for the company to think again.

With this in mind we have booked a drop in session on Tuesday, 23/07/19 between 13:00-15:00 at the following location:

Cowdenhill Community Hall

Grangepans

Bo'ness

EH51 9PH

 It’s critical that as many people attend as possible and so that it runs smoothly can:

Backshift workers attend     SESSION 1.      13:00-13:45

Dayshift workers attend       SESSION 2.      14:15-15:00

Nightshift workers can attend either session.

I understand that this is in your own time but it is important that your voice is heard.

In Solidarity

David Hume                                                    GMB Branch Committee

GMB Scotland Organsier                              Caledonian Produce

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor Important Update – Pay 2019

GMB met with ACAS and your employer on Wednesday 19 June at 10am.

Our claim was for a £1 an hour increase.

The company have presented a final offer which falls way short of our claim. A copy of the offer can be seen here.

They have also offered nothing for 2018.

GMB have agreed to ballot on the basis of best that can be achieved through negotiation and conciliation.

Our ballot will run from Sunday 7 July until Saturday 13 July 2019.

GMB have agreed to continue suspension of industrial action until the ballot closes and counting takes place.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB workplace reps on 07920 388108.   

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Member Meeting Update 

A GMB members meeting will take place on Monday 10 June from 1PM to 3PM at Cowdenhill Community Hall, Bo’ness (postcode: EH51 9PH).

The purpose is to discuss the next steps in our campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor and to discuss hardship payments.

It is important that members attending bring their payslips so we are able to check your entitlement and process any payments in due course.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB workplace reps on 07920 388108.   

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

Important Bakkavor Strike Update! 

Following five days of industrial action GMB has agreed to meet your employer with ACAS on Monday 20 May at 10AM and to discuss a resolution to this dispute.

You employer has said they are unwilling to re-open talks on your 2018 pay but they will enter into meaningful negotiations on your 2019 pay.

Your action has brought the employer back to the negotiating table, but this is only the first step. Our message is clear: we need to end poverty pay in Bakkavor.

Our initial claim for your pay was for a £1 an hour increase across all grades and this position remains.

To give these talks every opportunity to succeed and for Bakkavor to rise to the challenge, we have agreed to suspend further strike action for three weeks.

Please note that this does not affect our legal mandate for fresh industrial action in future should these talks fail.

We will update you as soon as possible on all developments following the close of Monday’s talks. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me 07775 571564 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

IMPORTANT: Change to Strike Times

With regards to the scheduled strike action this weekend, please note the times for the action have changed.

The 48 hour scheduled strike is going ahead, but will commence from 6am on Saturday 11th May and end at 6am on Monday 13th May.

The priority for the weekend is attendance at the demonstrations which will take place between 10am and 11am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Members are also welcome to protest outside the factory gates outside of these times, but the focus is on maximising turnout at the 10am demonstrations.

Please accept our apologies for the miscommunication this morning, and I hope to see every one of you this weekend as we continue our campaign for a living wage in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

Bakkavor - 48 Hour Strike From 10pm Today

Following meetings with GMB members across all shifts which took place on Wednesday, I can confirm that the 48 hour strike action planned for this weekend will be going ahead.

The strike will start at 10pm today (Friday 10th May) and end 48 hours later at 10pm Sunday 12th May.

Following an approach from Bakkavor, I am also able to confirm that we have reached an agreement to extend the period for taking industrial action to the 15th of September 2019. 

This is in order to accommodate an invitation from Kirk Connor at Bakkavor to meet next week and continue our efforts to resolve this dispute. 

For now, the priority is keeping up the pressure on the company to deliver a living wage for you and your colleagues, and that requires a big push from everyone and a strong presence on picket lines this weekend.

There will also be demonstrations from 10am to 11am on both days, Saturday and Sunday, so please make every effort to attend and make yourselves heard.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

“Fair Work”, Strike Meeting and Further Strike Days

Today (Monday 29 April) marks your third day of strike action in the fight against poverty pay in Bakkavor.

Throughout this dispute, you have shown through your action your commitment to the principle that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

As your trade union, it is our responsibility to bring all power at our disposal to bear upon your employer in order to bring them back to the negotiating table with a decent pay offer.

Much has been made of the Scottish Government’s “Fair Work Framework”, the principles around which they propose to build a “fair work nation”, but the reality is quite different.

The latest Scottish Government figures show that 60% of adults living in poverty in Scotland are in working households, and we know that many of our members in Bakkavor are among this number.

That’s why we have written to the Scottish Government to seek an intervention that could bring about meaningful negotiations and a move to paying you a living wage that you deserve. You can read this letter here.

A meeting will take place for GMB members on Wednesday the 1st of May between 1 and 3pm at Cowdenhill Community Hall (EH51 9JH).

I would encourage you all to attend this meeting in order that we can effectively plan for the weeks ahead.

Finally, the strike day that was planned for the 7th of May has now been rescheduled. GMB members in Bakkavor will now strike for 48 hours from 10pm on Friday 10th May until 10pm on Sunday the 12th of May.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

 
 
Dear GMB Member,
 
GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Reminder of Next Strike Date
 
Throughout this dispute, and in the face of a hostile employer and intimidation from management, you have stood firm and made clear to Bakkavor your fair demand that they make your work pay.
 
After yesterday's successful day of strike action, we can confirm that the next strike day at Bakkavor is scheduled to begin at 10pm on Sunday 28 April.
 
Your strike action, the first of its kind at Bakkavor Bo'ness, is crucial to getting the employer back to the table with an offer that ends poverty pay, once and for all. 
 
We will only succeed if every striking worker turns out to picket lines and demonstrations to support your colleagues and send the strongest possible message to the company.
 
Please make every effort to attend picket lines at the following times:
 
28 April - 21:30pm - 22:30pm
29 April - 4:30am - 22:00pm
 
By standing together, we can beat poverty pay in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie 
GMB Scotland Organiser 
 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Strike Action Update!

We go again this evening in our campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor.

24 hours of strike action will start at 10PM tonight (Wednesday 24 April) and run until 10PM tomorrow (Thursday 25 April).

Your GMB reps will be on the picket lines at Carriden and Bridgeness from 9.30PM to 11.30PM tonight and from 4AM to 10PM tomorrow.

We will also be undertaking a demonstration from 1PM, leaving from the Deli 4 entrance at Bridgeness.  

Just as you did last week, join us, let’s keep the pressure on the employer and let’s make our voices heard that we want decent pay.

We are also aware of rumours concerning Monday’s scheduled strike action. Let me clarify for the avoidance of any doubt that unless the employer comes back to the negotiating table between now and then with an improved offer for your pay, we will be on strike on Sunday 28 April at 10PM.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact on me on 07775 571564.

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Strike Update and Important Meeting Information

First of all, I want to thank you for your presence and solidarity on our first strike day as we campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor.

Your magnificent action has featured prominently in the media and you can view the television reports here: Bakkavor Strike Coverage

I also want to commend you for the dignity you have shown in the face of unnecessary provocation from management on the picket lines and around the site.

Ahead of our next 24 hour strike, scheduled to start at 10PM on Wednesday 24 April, we will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 23 April from 1PM to 3PM at Cowdenhill Community Hall Bo’ness EH51 9PH.  

I am urging as many members as possible to attend as we will review yesterday’s strike action and discuss plans for the strike dates ahead.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108 
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie - 07775 571564

Let’s stick together - solidarity will beat poverty pay in Bakkavor. 

Christina Lambie 
GMB Scotland Organiser 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Industrial Action Update

Despite Bakkavor's efforts to try and prevent industrial action taking place, GMB have sought legal advice and the industrial action can proceed.

Unfortunately, your employer still refuses to listen to you and did not table any improved offer. As a result we have now formally served Bakkavor will notice of industrial action.

This will now consist of the following:

Action Short of Strike

The overtime ban started on: 12 April at 23.59 hrs and will continue until 7 May at 23.59 hrs.

Strike Action

· 23.59 hours Tuesday 16 April to 23.59 hours Wednesday 17 April
· 22.00 hours Wednesday 24 April to 22.00 hours Thursday 25 April.
· 22.00 hours Sunday 28 April to 22.00 hours Monday 29 April.
· 22.00 hours Monday 6 May to 22.00 hours Tuesday 7 May.

In addition to the above on Wednesday 17 April at 05.00, 08.00, 13.00 and 21.00 there will be demonstrations from the Bridgeness (Deli 4) to Carriden. Bring your flags and whistles, all welcome.
In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us:

· GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
· GMB Organiser Christina Lambie - 07775 571564

Now is the time to stand together. Let’s reject years of poverty pay and fight for decent pay in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser 

Download your Solidarity Beats Poverty Pay Leaflet.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland In Bakkavor - Industrial Action Postponement

Late last night GMB received a legal challenge to our industrial action ballot, as you know the first day of action was due to take place midnight 8th to midnight of 9th April.

GMB have sought legal advice on this and is looking into the challenge Bakkavor have made.

The legal firm they are using are one of the top legal firms in London and one of the most expensive, if they can afford them then they can afford to increase the derisory 2018 pay offer.

This shows the desperate lengths this company will go to, to stop you taking part in legal strike action, the contempt they are showing you their employees is breathtaking.

We have no option at this stage but to postpone the industrial action due to take place midnight 8th to midnight on the 9th April, we know this is disappointing and frustrating but we hope to have this resolve early next week.

Let us make it clear the message back to the company will be; you may have won this round but our fight to remove poverty pay goes on.


Louise Gilmour
GMB Scotland Senior Organiser

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Ballot Outcome: The Next Steps

Firstly thank you for taking the time to vote in our ballot. Defence of your interest is at the heart of everything we do.

Your GMB Scotland reps and I met with the company on Friday 22 February to discuss our ballot outcome and the next steps.

The company reiterated that there was nothing they could offer for 2018 so we advised that we would therefore plan for industrial action.

Your GMB Scotland reps and I had a further meeting on Wednesday 27 February where we discussed what industrial action would have best effect. It was clear during this discussion that April would be best as that is when main product launch happens.

Your GMB Scotland reps felt that a combination of overtime ban and strike action over a seven day period would work best.  For example three days of overtime ban then a day of action followed by a further three days of overtime ban.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: You Voted Yes Yes!  

Significant support for strike action in Bakkavor against poverty pay

GMB’s industrial action against poverty pay in Bakkavor closed today (Monday 18 February).

We can now confirm the following results based on the questions asked:

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?

YES     88.8%              NO      11.2%

Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

YES     92.2%              NO      7.8%   

Overall turnout was 54.4% which now gives us a clear and legal mandate for both strike action and action short of strike.

To win a clear, strong and legally binding mandate for action against your employer’s poverty pay offer is a magnificent result for our campaign in Bakkavor.

GMB will now notify your employer of the ballot result, urging them to get back round the negotiating table with improved proposals.

We will update you on developments as they happen but if you have any questions in the meantime, you can reach us on the points below:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at GMB Scotland

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Vote Yes Yes to Reject Poverty Pay!

There is not long left to vote in our industrial action ballot and to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor!

Thank you to all our members who have voted so far.

If you haven’t yet voted then what are you waiting for?  If you want to have your say on pay you will need to return your papers ‘Freepost’ to the ERS before this weekend.

Our ballot closes on Monday 18 February.

Vote yes yes to send the strongest message possible to your employer and to get them back to negotiations.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper or if you have any questions concerning the ballot, please call us or send a text message as soon as possible to:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564

Reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Vote Yes Yes to Reject Poverty Pay!

There are just a few days left to vote in our industrial action ballot.

GMB is clear: The only way to bring your employer back to the negotiating table with an improved offer is to return the strongest possible support for industrial action. 

To achieve this you need to vote yes, yes and return your ballot paper 'Freepost' to the ERS.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper or if you have any question concerning the ballot, please call us or send a text message to:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot – 1 week to go! Vote Yes Yes

There is just one week left in our industrial action ballot as we campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor.

The only way to bring your employer back to the negotiating table with an improved offer is to return the strongest possible support for industrial action. 

To achieve this you need to vote yes, yes.

The alternative for us is really straightforward: Your employer will continue its poverty pay policies for the foreseeable.

That’s not the future any of us want in Bakkavor.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper, please contact us immediately at the following points:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Our ballot closes on Monday 18 February. Vote yes yes to reject poverty pay and bring the employer back to the negotiating table.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor:  Industrial Action Ballot – Have you voted yet?

This week our industrial action ballot started and your GMB reps have been very visible around Bo’ness as we ask you to reject poverty pay.

Remember! It is very important that when you receive your ballot papers to your home that you cast your vote and return it to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided. 

If you haven’t done so already, don’t delay – vote yes, yes today!  Watch and listen to your colleague here making the case against Bakkavor’s poverty pay imposition.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper, please contact us immediately at the following points:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: M&S Site Visit Tomorrow!

GMB has been made aware that M&S will be visiting the site tomorrow (Thursday 31 January) between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.

GMB will be holding a demo between 9.00 am - 10.00 am and 12 noon - 1pm as a show of support for you as we continue our campaign against poverty pay!

Remember, our industrial action ballot is now live!

GMB is asking you to vote yes to vote yes, yes. Your ballot papers have been sent to you home and you must return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial action ballot is underway - Vote Yes x 2!

Our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor gets underway today (Monday 28 January) – the industrial action ballot is now live.

Your GMB officials and reps were outside your factory gates this morning at 5AM with a message for our members: Vote yes, yes!

If we want to send a clear message back to the employer then we need the strongest possible mandate for strike action from you.  All GMB members must play their part.

If we succeed then we can take on Bakkavor and negotiate a proper pay offer that meets your expectations. 

Members have been asking us: “What does my ballot paper look like?” That’s why we’ve provided examples of what to look out for in the post. You can see a mock-up of the ballot envelope here and the ballot paper here (please do not print or return these samples).

Remember! Your ballot papers will be sent to your home address. They will be posted to you by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). On your ballot paper you will be asked:

  • Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?
  • Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

GMB is asking you to vote yes to both questions by placing a cross (‘X’) in the boxes marked ‘YES’. You must return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about your ballot or need some help understanding the process, don’t worry! You can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot Starts Monday – Vote Yes x 2!

Our industrial action ballot gets underway this Monday. It is a crucial moment in our campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor.

If we want to send a clear message back to the employer then we need the strongest possible mandate for strike action from you.  All GMB members must play their part.

If we succeed then we can take on Bakkavor and negotiate a proper pay offer that meets your expectations.  That’s what we all want so let’s fight for it. Vote yes yes!

Your ballot papers will be sent to your home address from Monday 28 January. They will be posted to you by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). Please make sure to check your mail and don’t throw it out by accident!

On your ballot paper you will be asked:

  • Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?
  • Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

GMB is asking you to vote yes to both questions by placing a cross (‘X’) in the boxes marked ‘YES’. Please return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible. The ballot closes on Friday 18 February.

If you do not receive your ballot by Thursday 31 January, please contact us immediately at the points below.

If you have any questions about your ballot or need some help understanding the process, don’t worry! You can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Download your workplace industrial ballot flyer number 1, translated in to Polish and Lithuanian by using this link.

Download your workplace industrial ballot flyer number 2, translated in to Polish and Lithuanian by using this link.

Download your workplace industrial ballot poster by clicking on the image below.

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot - Vote Yes, Yes! 

Our priority is the defence of your interests. 

That's why GMB Scotland has served notice on Bakkavor that we will hold a ballot for industrial action. 

It is crucial that you send a clear message to the company that the 2.75% offer they have imposed amounts to poverty pay and falls short of what you asked. 

The ballot will run from Monday 28 January until Monday 18 February.  

GMB will be asking you to vote yes to both questions: 

1) Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?

2) Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay - vote yes, yes. 

We will communicate more details shortly to explain how the ballot works and what you need to do to cast your vote. 

Please make sure all your contact details are up to date. You can do this by contacting your workplace reps on 07920 388108  or email:gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Christina Lambie 
GMB Scotland Organiser 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Pay Offer Update!

Caledonian produce have informed GMB today (Monday 7 January) that they plan on imposing the latest pay offer that you have overwhelmingly rejected.

GMB members have told your employer this offer isn't good enough - and that you are ready to fight for more.

The pay claim you asked for was £1 increase for every hour you work - this would amount to a £2,080 increase for everyone over the year.

What your employer is imposing amounts to an £124.80 increase above the National Living Wage for SO4 employees. Let's be clear, you are worth more than that.

That’s why GMB will now move to a fresh industrial action ballot of our members in Bakkavor Bo’ness. A full schedule will be announced very shortly.

In advance of this ballot it is important that your union has your correct contact details, particularly your mobile phone contacts. There are three ways you can check your details:

  1. Contact your local workplace representatives on 07920388108
  2. Go online at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb
  3. Call our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676, quoting ‘Bakkavor membership’

Please share this communication with all your colleagues so everyone is fully aware of the employer’s pay imposition and your union’s imminent industrial action ballot.

Let’s stand together and campaign for a fair pay offer in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: 2018 Pay Offer - Workplace Consultative Ballot Reminder!

Our consultative ballot over your pay offer for 2018 is currently live and runs until Monday 3 December across all shifts.

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure you have your say on pay!

You will be asked to either accept or reject the following offer:  A 2.75 per cent increase across Grades SO1, SO2, SO3 and SO4 and is backdated to April 1, 2018. 

 Please bear in mind these figures do not include your pay after tax and national insurance deductions and are based on an average 40 hour working week.

We must also be clear that there is no confirmed date as to when the back-pay entitlement would be paid by your employer – the back money figure above is purely an indication.

GMB recognises this offer as the best achievable through negotiation but that a rejection of the employer’s final offer will trigger a further industrial action ballot.

If you have any questions, please call your local GMB workplace representatives on 07920 388108 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: 2018 Pay Offer - Workplace Consultative Ballot

Following ACAS talks with your employer on Monday 19 November, I can confirm that GMB members will be subject to a consultative ballot in the workplace over your 2018 pay offer.

The offer proposes a 2.75 per cent increase across Grades SO1, SO2, SO3 and SO4 and is backdated to April 1, 2018.  This would mean the following:

Please bear in mind these figures do not include your pay after tax and national insurance deductions and are based on an average 40 hour working week.

We must also be clear that there is no confirmed date as to when the back-pay entitlement would be paid by your employer – the back money figure above is purely an indication.

The ballot will run from Sunday 25 November until Monday 3 December across all shifts. You will be asked to either accept or reject the above offer.

GMB recognises this offer as the best achievable through negotiation but that a rejection of the employer’s final offer will trigger a further industrial action ballot.  

Exact times and venues for the workplace ballot will be available from your reps and on noticeboards very shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB workplace reps or email us at gmbscotcampaigns@gmbscotland.org.uk

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important amendments to previous communication!

In yesterday’s (Thursday 8 November) communication updating you on the developments at ACAS with your employer, your workplace reps have notified us that there should be two points of amendment in the email / SMS.

These are as follows:

“The removal of all weekend allowances, unsociable hours pay and bonuses.”

We should clarify that this should also include the employer’s proposed removal of the company bus for staff.

“Initial estimations made by your reps suggest that the raft of cuts to your terms and conditions versus the hourly rate would see the pay of the lowest grades rise by just £16 a week.”

We should also clarify that after further analysis of the employer’s pay proposal for 1 April 2019, the pay of the lowest grades would actually rise by a meagre 60 pence a week.
These updates obviously compound the totally unacceptable nature of the proposals put forward by the employer at ACAS. And while this offers no comfort to members, it is important that we are clear on the full extent of the proposals put forward by Bakkavor at ACAS this week.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – ACAS Talks Update

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests. That’s why your representatives returned again to ACAS with your employer on Tuesday to discuss your pay offer.

We can confirm that Bakkavor want to explore a two year deal but we have to be clear that the detail of this discussion was concerning. 

Your employer has said it will bring forward an increased percentage offer or the current 2.5 per cent offer plus a lump sum for 2018 at the next ACAS meeting on Monday 19 November.

The employer also proposed an increase to the basic hourly rate of £9.40 from 1 April 2019 onwards, but tied to a significant cut to terms and conditions:

  • The removal of paid breaks;
  • A cut in overtime rates from double time and time-and-a-half to 1.25 per cent;
  • The reduction of bank holiday entitlement from 5 days to 2 days;
  • A cut in sick pay from 13 weeks to 6 weeks; and
  • The removal of all weekend allowances, unsociable hours pay and bonuses.

Initial estimations made by your reps suggest that the raft of cuts to your terms and conditions versus the hourly rate would see the pay of the lowest grades rise by just £16 a week.

This is unacceptable to GMB Scotland. To try and induce our members with the lure of a higher basic hourly rate next year while attacking hard fought terms and conditions is not on.

What the employer proposed on Tuesday is the equivalent of putting a pay increase into your hands while cutting you off at the knees. This is not something we can credibly bring back for your consideration and we have told the employer this.

We await their response at the next ACAS meeting.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Pay offer talks at ACAS tomorrow!

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests. That’s why for months now, we have been campaigning to secure our members a decent pay rise through consultative ballots, industrial action ballots, ACAS talks and further consultations.

ACAS talks in September saw the employer raise their initial offer of a 2.25 per cent increase to a 2.5 per cent increases but this only raised the hourly rate for them lowest paid from 2p to 4p and it was rightly rejected by over three-quarters of members.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November), we’ll return to ACAS for further talks with your employer over your 2018 pay offer. We’ll do so against a backdrop of a national debate on low pay after the Living Wage Foundation announced that on April 1 2019, the Living Wage rate will increase from £8.75 an hour to £9.00 an hour.

The reality for the majority of employees in the hourly graded staff is that even with a 2.5 per cent increase your hourly rate of pay will come nowhere near to matching the new living wage rate. Bakkavor hourly paid staff will remain mired in the low-pay trap. Those on the lowest grade will receive just £7.87 an hour based on the current pay offer. 

It’s not good enough and your employer must do more. That’s the message we’ll take to ACAS tomorrow on your behalf.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member  

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Update! ACAS Talks

Today (Thursday 13 September), GMB officials and workplace reps are engaging in talks with your employer at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) regarding the 2018 pay offer.

While we are very disappointed our industrial action ballot could not surpass the 50% turnout threshold imposed by the law, a 98 per cent rejection of a pay offer cannot be easily dismissed by any employer.

As such, we do expect your employer to recognise the scale of rejection towards their poverty pay offer and table improved terms.  

GMB is a member led trade union and please be assured that any amended offer will be subject to the full consultation of our members.

Our priority is the defence of your interests and we keep moving forward together in our campaign for decent pay and conditions.

We will update you on the full outcomes of the ACAS talks as soon as possible.

David Hume

GMB Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Result

Following the close and count of our industrial action ballot in Bakkavor yesterday (Monday 3 September), I can now inform you of the following result:

Are you prepared to take part in strike action? Yes: 91.4% / No: 8.6%

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of strike? Yes: 95.1% / No 4.9%

Turnout: 45.4% of those entitled to vote.

It is bitterly disappointing that the employer’s anti-trade union agenda has limited our ballot return to below the statutory turnout threshold of 50 per cent.

However, such an overwhelming rejection of the offer from those that voted means this is not the end of our campaign for fair pay, it is only the beginning.

We will now move to talks at ACAS on Thursday 13 September where we will increase the pressure on your employer once again.

Bakkavor will understand that it must increase its offer because the only alternative left is an unjustifiable imposition of poverty pay on hourly paid staff in Grades SO3 and SO4.

Thank you to the members that did cast their vote and contributed to the clearest rejection that has been seen at Caledonian Produce.  You have given everyone a solid platform from which to campaign in the future.

It may not seem like it right now but we are in a much stronger position today than we were at the beginning of the ballot.  Your employer threw everything at us but they only scraped through by the skin of their teeth.

We still have some distance to travel but the road ahead is much clearer. Let’s keep together and keep fighting to grow and win.

If you have any questions about the ballot result and our next steps, please do not hesitate to contact your GMB workplace reps on 07920 388108 or contact me directly on 07931 796733 / david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Industrial Action Ballot – FINAL REMINDER!

A non-vote is as good as an acceptance of poverty pay in Bakkavor!

We are urging all members to Vote Yes x 2 in our ballot, which closes on Monday 3 September.

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

This ballot is not conducted in the workplace. Ballot papers have been posted to your home address. You must return your completed ballot ‘freepost’ in the envelope provided.

Your vote counts and only by returning your ballot paper and voting Yes x 2 - YES for strike action and YES for action short of strike – can we fight for better pay.

If you have any questions at all, please contact your GMB workplace reps immediately on 07920 388108.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Reject your employer’s offer. Vote Yes x 2.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

 

Dear GMB Member

A non-vote is as good as an acceptance of poverty pay in Bakkavor.

We are urging all members to Vote Yes x 2 in our ballot, which closes on Monday 3 September. So if you haven’t done so already, then don’t delay – Vote Yes x 2 today.

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

This ballot is not conducted in the workplace. Ballot papers have been posted to your home address and you must return your completed ballot ‘freepost’ in the envelope provided.

Your vote counts and only by returning your ballot paper and voting Yes x 2 - YES for strike action and YES for action short of strike – can we fight for better pay.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot papers or if you have any questions at all, please contact your GMB workplace reps immediately on 07920 388108.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Reject your employer’s offer. Vote Yes x 2.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB’s ballot closes this Monday 3 September – don’t delay, Vote Yes x 2 today.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Reminder!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of our members’ interests.

Our industrial action ballot is live and runs until Monday 3 September. We are campaigning for better pay, conditions and job security for you – that’s why we are urging you to Vote YES x 2 and to comprehensively reject your employer’s poverty pay offer.
Remember! This is a statutory industrial action ballot. Your ballot papers are sent to your home address and you must return your papers to the freepost address included in the pack before Monday 3 September. This is not a workplace ballot.

Don’t delay, vote today! Vote YES x 2!

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

Your employer is already starting to wake-up to this. I can update you that your employer has invited GMB reps to talks at ACAS (details to be confirmed) – an invite which we will take up as a responsible trade union.

But we need to keep the pressure on if we want to stop the prospect of long-term poverty pay and that means returning the strongest possible rejection of the employer’s offer in our ballot. 

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Let’s campaign together, stay strong and Vote Yes x 2! 

If you have any questions or haven’t yet received your ballot papers to your home, please contact your GMB rep immediately on 07920388108. Colleagues without email or SMS can also find this number on the notice boards at both sites.
Alternatively, please email us at gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Only by voting YES x 2 can we reject poverty pay in Bakkavor. Don’t delay, vote today! 

Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Reject poverty pay! Vote Yes x 2 today!

Let me be clear, industrial action is not an easy choice; there are many uncertainties and fears in a situation like this. However there is one certainty: If we fail to return a strong vote in favour of strike action then we are opening the doors to long-term poverty pay in Bakkavor. 

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests.  That means campaigning for better pay, conditions and job security for you - that’s why we are campaigning for YES x 2 in our ballot!

Bakkavor is a market leader in its field because of the work you put in. You deserve the proper recognition and reward for that work, not poverty pay for long hours.

But your employer is refusing to do the right thing. Instead of working with us to resolve this dispute, they have resorted to dirty tricks to try and break our ballot. Over the last week, your employer has:

  • Held ‘company updates’ to coerce members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Written to hourly paid staff to urge members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Removed GMB Scotland campaigning materials from noticeboards; and
  • Thrown GMB Scotland officials from the site to prevent member engagement.

Make no mistake, Bakkavor is in full damage limitation mode and are trying to impose poverty pay. So much so that their letter to hourly paid staff admits the only way you will receive a decent pay rise is by trading away your hard-fought terms and conditions.  Your employer claims:

We want to increase the hourly rate of pay along with looking at the complete employee proposition

This is entirely transparent. The next thing on the agenda will be your overtime rates, your sick pay and whatever else can help reduce Bakkavor’s obligations to its workforce while maintaining its global profits of £1.8 billion, giving with one hand and taking with the other. It’s not on!

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful. 

No credible union would accept this, which is why we are urging you to vote YES x 2! By doing so, you will send a loud and clear message to your employer that you want a negotiated offer that recognises and rewards the work you do instead of poverty pay.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Don’t be taken by your employer’s fear-mongering.  Let’s campaign together, stay strong and Vote Yes x 2!  

If you have any questions or queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Only by voting YES x 2 can we reject poverty pay in Bakkavor!

 

Dear GMB member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Mon 13 Aug – Mon 3 Sep

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff. This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

• For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less than the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and

• For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and it’s shameful.

That’s why we are now moving to a full industrial action ballot of our members.


You will be asked:


• Are you prepared to take part in strike action?


• Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike
?

GMB is strongly urging you to VOTE YES x 2 and send a clear message to Bakkavor that you reject poverty pay.

Remember, only GMB members can participate in this ballot and only GMB members will be afforded legal protection during any strike or industrial action. If you know a colleague that is not a member of GMB, they can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Notice of Industrial Action Ballot

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we have been campaigning against the poverty pay offer made by your employer for 2018.

No credible trade union could possibly accept a pitiful 2 pence an hour increase for their lowest paid members, never mind a below inflation offer for every member of the hourly paid staff.

But the fact is that your employer is refusing to listen to your calls for a decent wage by raising their 2.25 per cent offer, despite being resoundingly rejected by 98 per cent of GMB members.  That’s why we will now move to a full industrial action ballot.

Today (Monday 6 August), we served your employer with the statutory notice period required in advance of an industrial action ballot. This comes on the same day that Bakkavor management removed our GMB campaigning literature from the site notice board – a shameful act.

Updates will follow later this week of the full schedule but you will be asked two questions as we campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor:

·    Are you prepared to take part in strike action?

·    Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

GMB will urge you to vote YES and YES!

Ahead of the ballot, please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb
Only GMB members can take part in our ballot. If any non-union staff wish to join GMB then they can do so today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Update

The count is in and the message is clear.

GMB members in Bakkavor Bo’ness have spoken and overwhelmingly rejected the insulting offer from management by 98%!

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff, which when all things considered meant an increase of only 2p p/h for Grade SO4.

This is below inflation and beyond the pale. It means our hardworking members have to maintain the same high standards of work while having less money in real terms in their pay packet.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and why so many of you voted to reject the pay offer!

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

I will be in touch soon with details of our next steps but please keep in mind that I am guided by you, the GMB members, and nothing will happen without you making the decision.

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Workplace Ballot Wed 18 to Sat 21 July – Vote Reject!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff.  This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

  • For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and
  • For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour

more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

When your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour (or an increase of just 0.25 %), then we can only strongly urge our members to REJECT this.

That’s why we are launching a workplace consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness. This will take place from Wednesday 18 July until Saturday 21 July. Workplace meetings will also take place on Thursday 19 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s pay offer, which will only deliver a 2 pence or 0.25% increase for the lowest paid staff in Bo’ness?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: VOTE ‘REJECT’! Workplace Consultative Ballot Tue 10th to Sat 14th July

Due to the hot weather, the orders from Marks and Spencer’s have increased next week so we have agreed to the company’s request to delay our consultative ballot for one week.  

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. We campaign to negotiate more pay, equality and security in your workplace.

So when your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour, then a vote to ‘REJECT’ it is the only credible option.

That’s why we are launching a consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness over your employer’s pay offer for 2018.

This will take place in your workplace, across all shifts, starting at 10AM on Tuesday 10 July and ending at 6PM on Saturday 14 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot – Reject Poverty Pay!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of the living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.
It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly-paid staff. This is a below inflation offer for all hourly-paid staff, forcing everyone to work just as hard but for less money in real terms.

Let’s put this into context…

For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75.

For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This isn’t just pay that fails to meet the basic cost of living. This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

That’s why GMB Scotland will launch of full consultative workplace ballot of our membership, which will run from 10AM Tuesday 3 July until 6PM Saturday 7 July.
You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is strongly urging you to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor! Vote REJECT in the upcoming consultative ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - 2018/19 Pay Talks Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests!

Over the last couple of months your GMB Reps have been negotiating with management on your behalf.

Sadly the company is still insisting that 2.25 percent is as high as they can go. They justify this by stating that sales are down by 7% over the last 3 years and that the loss of potatoes and parsnips will account for a reduction in turnover by about 15%.
This is troubling news but let’s be clear, it is not the responsibility of the hard pressed workers in Bakkavor Bo’ness to pay the price for this bad news.

When you look at the following increases in the cost of living:

  • 2% increase in pension contributions
  • 3% increase in council tax
  • 5.5% price increase to gas and electricity
  • petrol prices at their highest in 3 years
  • inflation running at close to 3%

Do the company seriously think that an offer of 2.25% is credible! GMB is campaigning for your employer to think again.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Important 2018/19 Pay Claim Update!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

Over the last few weeks we have conducted mass-meetings with members and workers following an initial meeting with Bakkavor management earlier this month concerning your 2018/19 pay deal.

We’d like to thank you for your participation and your feedback couldn’t be clearer: Pay is the priority - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for GMB members!

GMB takes a no-nonsense approach to our representations. That’s why we will now submit a claim for a straight-forward £1 an hour increase across all four grades within the hourly paid bargaining unit for 2018/19.

It is vital that we continue growing our trade union in Bakkavor to be bigger and better. More members means more strength and more money in your pocket. Be assured that we’re not interested bargaining away hard fought terms and conditions for extra pennies. Growth is key!

And with Bakkavor recently confirming eye-watering group revenues of £1.8 billion it’s clear that business is booming and your employer can more than meet our expectations.

Our next meeting with Bakkavor management is scheduled for Thursday 22 March.

Again, you need to be engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email

gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is calling for a £1 an hour increase across the hourly paid bargaining unit - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for our members!

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Make Work Pay! 2018/19 Pay Survey & Negotiations

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For years now, GMB Scotland members have been the backbone of Bakkavor’s success – your work and skills have helped transform the business into the market leader in fresh prepared foods (FPF).

Last year, we campaigned together to deliver the highest pay award ever negotiated by a trade union within Bakkavor. We also defended your terms and conditions and brought forward the pay anniversary date to April. 

By defending your interests and sticking together, we stood-up to management, grew pay and grew our trade union. A good start, but we still have more to do.

Ahead of the publication of its official figures on Wednesday 28 February, Bakkavor expects its group revenues to increase by 4.6 per cent to an eye-watering £1.84 billion. Your employer has acknowledged “continued progress” – business is booming.

But for workers, times are tough. Recently the cost of living in the UK reached a six year high and currently stands at 3 per cent CPI. So, anything less than the rate of inflation is a real-term pay cut for workers.

This sets the backdrop to our meeting with management on Monday 12 February and for our workplace visits thereafter (schedule to be confirmed shortly), where we will hold mass meetings and conduct our pay survey in support of our claim for 2018/19.

Our challenge to Bakkavor is clear: Make work pay for GMB members.

Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will be in regular contact with members via email, SMS and on-site too as our campaign to make work pay gets underway.

It is vital that you are fully engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. There has never been a better a time to be part of our union in Bakkavor. If you aren’t already a member you can join today - https://www.gmb.org.uk/join/join-online - and let’s campaign to make work pay!

 

Additional Resources

Independent Scrutineers Report - Industrial Action Ballot - GMB

download pdf198Kb (pdf) - 18 February 2019

Read the Independent Scrutineers Report here

GMB Scotland In Bakkavor - Sample ERS Ballot Paper

download pdf1384Kb (pdf) - 28 January 2019

View A Sample Ballot Paper Here

GMB Scotland In Bakkavor - Sample ERS Ballot Envelope

download pdf1065Kb (pdf) - 28 January 2019

View A Sample Ballot Envelope Here

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Flyer

download pdf1920Kb (pdf) - 23 January 2019

Download your workplace flyer number 1

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Flyer

download pdf3144Kb (pdf) - 23 January 2019

Download your workplace flyer number 2

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Poster

download pdf2495Kb (pdf) - 23 January 2019

Download your workplace poster

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Reject Poverty Pay!

download pdf651Kb (pdf) - 12 July 2018

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Flyer

2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot

download pdf421Kb (pdf) - 12 July 2018

Workplace Poster